Nuncio to Syria joins call for end to civilian killings

2012-03-13 Vatican Radio

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan meets with the Syrian opposition in Turkey on Tuesday, on the latest leg of his peace mission. Annan has already met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has urged an immediate end to the bloodshed in the country, where UN estimates say more than 8,000 people have died since anti-government protests erupted a year ago - many of them women and children. The Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari has joined the UN-Arab League envoy in calling on the international community to world to send a clear message to Damascus that the killings of civilians must stop immediately. “I would like to [subscribe to the message of] the Special Envoy of the UN and Arab League,” said Archbishop Zenari, adding, “Killing of civilians must stop immediately, and the international community must give a clear message that this situation is simply unacceptable.” Listen